Former foreign minister under Hosni Mubarak and leading candidate in Egypt's presidential elections, Amr Moussa said Cairo is likely to keep its peace treaty with Israel, but in a modified form. He said that provisions regarding troop deployments in Sinai and Egypt's sale of natural gas to Israel would probably be revised. Moussa, although Muslim, says his policies would be nationalist and neither Islamist nor secular.
Although the results of elections for Egypt's lower house of parliament haven't been announced yet due to delays, it is clear that Islamists will receive almost three quarters of the seats, and the same is expected in the upper house elections. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said leading parties were backing a senior figure from their group to be assembly speaker.
http://jungleapocalypse.com The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium," a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
The vast scale of Afghanistan's mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.
"There is stunning potential here," Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. "There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant."
The value of the newly discovered mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistan's existing war-bedraggled economy, which is based largely on opium production and narcotics trafficking as well as aid from the United States and other industrialized countries. Afghanistan's gross domestic product is only about $12 billion.
"This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy," said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines.
American and Afghan officials agreed to discuss the mineral discoveries at a difficult moment in the war in Afghanistan. The American-led offensive in Marja in southern Afghanistan has achieved only limited gains. Meanwhile, charges of corruption and favoritism continue to plague the Karzai government, and Mr. Karzai seems increasingly embittered toward the White House.
So the Obama administration is hungry for some positive news to come out of Afghanistan. Yet the American officials also recognize that the mineral discoveries will almost certainly have a double-edged impact.
Instead of bringing peace, the newfound mineral wealth could lead the Taliban to battle even more fiercely to regain control of the country.
The corruption that is already rampant in the Karzai government could also be amplified by the new wealth, particularly if a handful of well-connected oligarchs, some with personal ties to the president, gain control of the resources. Just last year, Afghanistan's minister of mines was accused by American officials of accepting a $30 million bribe to award China the rights to develop its copper mine. The minister has since been replaced.
Endless fights could erupt between the central government in Kabul and provincial and tribal leaders in mineral-rich districts. Afghanistan has a national mining law, written with the help of advisers from the World Bank, but it has never faced a serious challenge.
"No one has tested that law; no one knows how it will stand up in a fight between the central government and the provinces," observed Paul A. Brinkley, deputy undersecretary of defense for business and leader of the Pentagon team that discovered the deposits.
At the same time, American officials fear resource-hungry China will try to dominate the development of Afghanistan's mineral wealth, which could upset the United States, given its heavy investment in the region. After winning the bid for its Aynak copper mine in Logar Province, China clearly wants more, American officials said.
Another complication is that because Afghanistan has never had much heavy industry before, it has little or no history of environmental protection either. "The big question is, can this be developed in a responsible way, in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible?" http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?no_interstitial WARNING WARNING WARNING
Chavez Says Gas Platform Sinks Off Venezuelan Coast (Update4)
May 13, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT
with toxic levels coming from BP oil rig. With this rig sinking THEY MUST BE ONE! This is a mega fault. that goes 4 ways. BP hit that gas vain, and it runs up to Utah. Hydrogen sulfide Benzene, or benzol, is an organic chemical compound with the molecular formula C6H6, Dichloromethane (DCM or methylene chloride) is the organic compound with the formula CH2Cl2. smells like rotten eggs and the other stuff is linked to JAVA which was a oil rig fault caused by drilling.